“All of us are immigrants,” she continued. “All of us came to this country from somewhere else and I can trace my lineage back to Cuba and Spain. All I know is that I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, to a Cuban family. I spoke Spanish before I went to school [as a child]. [I] speak it with all of my family members in my household.”
Despite the unfounded criticism, Jauregui says she doesn't let it weigh her down. “I love who I am and where my family comes from,” she shared. “I never questioned my heritage, I never questioned whether or not I was Cuban or could identify as such until I gained a wider audience and attention.”
Jauregui, who was 16 years old when she joined Fifth Harmony, says that as a Latino artist she feels a sense of responsibility to help her community.
“All artists of Latino descent [can] have a social and cultural impact [on society],” she said. “[When] people see themselves represented, [it allows] them to truly follow their dreams despite the obstacles that routinely get in the way.”
“The word role model is quite an intense term,” she continued. “When one has the amount of influence and platform that we do, there is a sense of responsibility, to educate and share the knowledge I gain about the world as I grow.”